Nearly a month ago, I shared the details of my latest plane obsession (one of them at least).
Well, the day has finally come as Boeing revealed this morning via twitter the details of Vistara’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.
Unsurprisingly, Vistara revealed that it will be using the same business class seat as parent Singapore Airlines uses on their 787-10 aircraft – the Stelia Aerospace Opal seat – and will include:
- 44” seat pitch with a full flatbed with 76” length
- Personal stowage compartment
- AC and USB power outlet
- 18” HD personal entertainment screen with a video handset
- Seat ambient lighting
If you have two minutes (literally), check out the video that they just released a few hours ago:
BOOKING WITH UNITED
Last year (2019) United Airlines and Vistara launched a codeshare agreement and this month that agreement has been expanded to include the ability to earn and redeem United miles on all Vistara flights.
It’s now possible to redeem United MileagePlus miles for travel on Vistara throughout their network. Flights are bookable directly through united.com, and award availability is readily available as most domestic itineraries start at just 8,000 miles in economy or 35,000 miles in business class.
Now it’s just a waiting game until Vistara announces the route on which it will fly the dreamliner.
While we don’t know Vistara’s plans, in my experience, airlines generally launch new planes on domestic routes to familiarize crews with the plane so I assume that will also be the situation with this launch.
Unfortunately, this is a terrible time for any airline to be starting additional service in light of a pandemic and decreased demand, but I would expect the airline to launch long haul service after the initial crew familiarization.
If I had to guess, Vistara will most likely utilize the plane to fly to London though I could also see Vistara flying the 787-9 to Singapore, given the Singapore Airlines connection.
Again, I’m extremely excited to see that United has partnered with Vistara because United MileagePlus miles are easy to earn.
Have you flown with Vistara? Will you fly with Vistara? Where do you think Vistara will fly their 787s?